Thursday, December 15, 2011

Come See the New ILP Blog

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Best wishes to you and Happy Holidays!
Darlene Lester

Monday, October 31, 2011

Santa Ana Staff Attorney Position

NMLA has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Santa Ana Office. NMLA represents low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer and Native American issues. NMLA seeks to hire an attorney to provide legal assistance to low income Native Americans in its Santa Ana Office, which is located on the Santa Ana Pueblo. The Staff Attorney will handle cases and matters involving federal Indian law and Indian tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in tribal court. In addition, staff attorney may be required to handle poverty law issues involving consumer and family law issues in forums other than tribal court and to conduct outreach in Indian communities. Expectation is that attorney will be active in local bar and community activities.

Requirements: Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies, ability to manage a caseload, and the ability to build collaborative relationships within the community. Reliable transportation required. New Mexico bar license is preferred.

Send letter of intent, resume, and two references to: Gloria Molinar, New Mexico Legal Aid, PO Box 25486, NM 87125-5486, or email: Salary: DOE; NMLA is an EEO/AA employer.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Staff Attorney Job Post SRPMIC


invites applications for the position of:

Staff Attorney-Legal ServicesAn Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $75,644.00 - $107,794.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/14/11

CLOSING DATE: 10/28/11 11:59 PM

Definition:Under general supervision of the Managing Attorney, this position will provide legal review and advice to clients of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC & Community) Legal Services Office. Guiding directive is to protect the client's interests, legally and ethically, while working to prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation. This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to a standard work schedule. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Essential Functions: (Essential functions may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks,
knowledge, abilities, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not
intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification).


Provides legal services and representation to eligible clients of the Salt River Legal Services Office through tasks illustrated by, but not limited to, the following: interviewing clients, providing legal advice, conducting necessary research, and drafting correspondence and legal documents.

Drafts and prepares legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs and appeals; represents clients in tribal, state and federal forums, whether in court, administrative hearings, or other appropriate forums.

Prepares and participates in community legal education projects for Community members.

Reviews laws, rules, regulations and legal documents as appropriate to serve clients and to meet the needs of the office; complies with ethical guidelines governing the performance of legal services both within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and all other jurisdictions where appearing and where applicable.

Advises supervisor, on a routine basis, of legal matters affecting clients; represents SRPMIC Legal Services Office on committees, at conferences or other external meetings related to the various interests of clients, the office and the Community. Ensures continued communication with supervisor on legal issues affecting clients within the office.

Performs other job related duties that enhance and/or facilitate department operations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:

· Knowledge of SRPMIC code of ordinances, policies, and regulations as well as all other Tribal, State and Federal laws applicable to Native Americans.
· Knowledge of principles and practices of legal profession, legal research methods, legal research software, use of databases, legal principles and their applications; knowledge of case law appropriate to the issues and cases being prepared.
· Knowledge of SRPMIC ordinances, policies, regulations and rules relating to SRPMIC and its entities; knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and policies.
· Knowledge of the history and customs of the SRPMIC.

· Skill in work management and setting priorities to meet established as well as changing deadlines.
· Skill in applying and interpreting statutes, ordinances and other laws, rules, regulations and policies as they pertain to legal issues presented for review.
· Skill in oral and written communication.
· Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with Community administrators, Department Directors, Tribal Council Members, staff and other members of the Community as well as outside entities.

· Ability to perform legal research; analyze difficult and complex legal problems and apply legal principles and precedents; ability to present statement of fact, law and argument clearly and logically, on both written and oral form.
· Ability to communicate orally, and in writing, with administrative staff, community members, department directors, members of the general public, administrative staff, outside entities, and co-workers.
· Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts, using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar in a timely manner.
· Ability to handle legal correspondence as required for duties and as directed by supervisor.
· Ability to get along well and cooperate with others.
· Ability to exercise resourcefulness in addressing new problems.
· Ability to analyze and aid in drafting and commenting on proposed legislative measures.


· Education & Experience: Graduate of a recognized school of law, and three years of experience in litigation; Experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government and with federal laws governing Native Americans is essential. Experience/familiarity in family law, juvenile law, dependency cases, Guardian ad Litem representation,probate, or civil law is preferred.

· Special Requirements: Membership in the State Bar of Arizona is required. Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annually of continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

· Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling the position.

· Insurability:Must possess a valid Arizona operator’s license and be insurable under the tribal insurer requirements which are outlined as follows. Must be at least 21 years of age for all driving positions which require transporting others as a routine job duty. Driving disqualifications will occur if during the last three (3) years, the driver has any of the following convictions: for a felony; sale, handling or use of drugs; alcohol or drug related offense that is automobile related; three (3) or more speeding violations; more than two (2) speeding tickets in excess of 15 mph; one or more other serious violations. “Serious violations” are defined as: driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs; violation for alcohol offence during use of a vehicle; failure to stop/report an accident; driving while impaired; making a false accident report; homicide, manslaughter or assault arising out of the use of a vehicle; driving while license is suspended or revoked; racing; attempting to elude a police officer. Other disqualifications would include having a driver’s license suspended or revoked and involvement in two (2) or more chargeable incidents.

“SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.
In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
1) attach to application
2) fax (480-362-5860)
3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.

10005 E Osborn Road Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-362-7935 480-362-7925
Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member,
then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.


Staff Attorney-Legal Services Supplemental Questionnaire

*1. Are you a graduate of an accredited school of law?
yes or no

*2. Do you have at least 3 years of experience in litigation?
yes or no

*3. Are you a member in the State Bar of Arizona?
yes or no

*Required Question

Monday, October 17, 2011

Only 2 Days Left to Register at the Regular Rate!

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference

Register Here!

A concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian water law.
Perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

This conference may qualify for up to 6.5 hours of CLE credit inArizona, New Mexico and California.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (8:00 a.m. Check-In, Walk-In Registration & Continental Breakfast)

Armstrong Hall, Great Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University, Tempe Campus

$200 – Until Oct. 18 / 5 p.m.
$225 – Walk-in Registration rate

For more information, contact Kate Rosier at or (480) 965-6204
Or visit the conference website: Click Here to go to Conference Website.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dale Furnish to speak at conference

Professor Dale Furnish was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Navajo Nation Annual Judicial Conference, on the topic “Assertive Jurisdiction, Civil Proceedings and Navajo Judicial Sovereignty.” This is scheduled for November 2, 2011, in Phoenix.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE - October 21, 2011

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is holding a conference entitled Arizona Indian Water Law 101 CLE Conference on Friday, October 21, 2011. The conference will be a concise survey of the issues in Arizona Indian Water law and will be perfect training for young lawyers, attorneys new to the practice area, tribal council members and students.

Confirmed speakers are John D. Leshy (UC Hastings College of Law), Peter W. Culp (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Judith M. Dworkin (Sacks Tierney P.A.), Diane Enos (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), M. Kathryn Hoover (Navajo Nation DOJ), Diane J. Humetewa (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP), Jonathan L. Jantzen (Tohono O’odham Nation, Rodney B. Lewis (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld), and Ryan A. Smith (Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck).

This conference will be eligible for up to 6.5 of hours of CLE credit in Arizona, New Mexico and California. Early bird rate $175 by 09/23, $200 by 10/18, and $225 Walk-in Rate. For agenda and registration visit:
or contact Kate Rosier at 480.965.6204

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Arlinda Locklear Presentation 2PM Today!

Dear Alumni and Friends - TODAY! Arlinda Locklear will be at the COL. Her talk begins at 2:00pm in the Faculty Center (266)at the College of law at ASU. If you can make it we would love to have you. Ms. Locklear is the first Native woman to argue before the US Supreme Court. She is an amazing attorney and well respected in Indian Country. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Artman quoted in Santa Ynez Valley News, Santa Maria Times

Professor Carl Artman recently served on a panel about efforts by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to expand their reservation on Friday, Sept. 16.

Artman’s presentation, “You Heard the Fiction, Now Hear the Facts: A Lesson in Tribal Governance,” was a response to the non-native locals protesting the efforts of the Chumash Indians.

Artman, Director of Economic Development in Indian Country, was mentioned in the Santa Ynez Valley News and the Santa Maria Times as a panelist for the pro-tribe meeting.

Artman quoted in The LA Times, other Southern California newspapers

Professor Carl Artman defended the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ right to expand their reservation, calling the protesting locals “a cannibalistic frenzy of myopic reactionism,” according to an article in The Los Angles Times on Sept. 25.

Artman, Director of Economic Development in Indian Country, said during a Sept. 16 panel, titled “You Heard the Fiction, Now Hear the Facts,” the push from critics to deny the Chumash Indians’ more land was due to rumors and a hostile local press.

Artman’s quote was also picked up by the Santa Maria Times and the Santa Barbara Independent.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Job Posting

Tribal Appellate Judge

Pay: Based on Services Rendered

Have a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school. Be a member of good standing of the bar of any state or federal court. Be at least (25) years of age. Have experience as a tribal judge exercising both civil and criminal jurisdiction. Have considerable knowledge of Federal Indian law, of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and of Evidence, and of Arizona law. Have no felony convictions, no serious misdemeanor conviction. Demonstrate the ability to analyze difficult and complex facts and issues and to issue clear oral and written decisions based on application of the facts and issues to the applicable law. Be familiar with alternative sentencing and restorative justice. Demonstrate judicial knowledge and temperament. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of management/supervision/administration; personnel management, bookkeeping, record keeping, case management. Submit to and pass pre-employment background check and drug screen, including FBI criminal history background check. Candidates must not be a Tribal Council Member or the holder of any other elected office of the Havasupai Tribe.

For persons who meet the above minimum qualifications preference will be given in the following order, to enrolled members of the Havasupai Tribe, enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and then others.

Candidates should sent a resume and a letter of interest to:

Havasupai Tribe
Attn: Personnel Office
PO Box 10
Supai, AZ 86435
Phone: (928) 448-2164
Fax: (928) 448-2130

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Job Announcement

Tribal Public Defender
Havasupai Tribe
Havasupai Tribal Court

Position Title: Tribal Public Defender

Pay Rate: Dependant on Experience

Supervised by: Havasupai Tribal Council

Closing Date: Open until filled

Summary: To conduct the legal activities and services of the Public Defender’s Office; and to do related work as required.

Responsibilities: The Tribal Public Defender represents in the Havasupai Tribal Court indigent persons accused of crimes. Representation includes all stages of the proceedings following the arrest of the defendant. This will include meeting with the client, obtaining police and other investigative reports, conducting an independent investigation of the crime, legal research and motion practice, referrals to outside agencies as warranted, negotiating plea agreements or preparing and presenting a defense at jury and bench trials, and other appearances in the Havasupai Tribal Courts as required. The incumbent shall discuss the public defense program with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and other persons to obtain information and possible action relative to defendants. Confers with office staff on clerical problems, record keeping, and reporting systems, and initiates changes as required. Dictates correspondence and prepares reports.

Term of Office: The term of office shall be for two (2) years.

Knowledge: Philosophy and practice of public defense in tribal courts; duties, powers, limitations, and responsibility of the Public Defender’s Officer; methods and problems of administering the work of a governmental law office; legal principles and their application with emphasis on criminal law; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; legal research methods.

Ability to: Investigate and defend criminal complaints; analyze difficult and complex facts and legal problems and apply legal principles and their practices; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft legal instruments and opinions; perform legal research; win the confidence and respect of members of the legal profession, public officials, and other persons contacted in the position.

Employment Standards:
a. Broad, extensive, and progressively responsible experience as an attorney in criminal law; or,
b. Equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

1. Have a juris doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
2. Be a member in good standing of the bar of any state or federal court.
3. Be at least (21) years of age.
4. Have criminal litigation experience and a demonstrated interest in Indian law.
5. Be of high moral character and integrity.
6. Have no felony convictions, no serious misdemeanor conviction, and, within the past twelve months, no misdemeanors in any court.
7. Be physically able to carry out the duties of the office.
8. Submit to and pass pre-employment background check and drug screen, including FBI criminal history background check
9. For persons who meet the above minimum qualifications preference will be given, in the following order, to enrolled members of the Havasupai Tribe, enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Please submit a cover letter, writing sample three pages or longer, and resume to the

Havasupai Tribal Council
PO Box 10
Supai, Arizona 86435

Interviews will be taking place on September 19, 2011, but the position will remain open until filled.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

6th Annual ASU NALSA Golf Tournament

NALSA will be hosting its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on October 22nd at the Whirlwind Golf Club.

If you are interested in playing in the tournament, or becoming a tournament sponsor, we have provided links to forms below.

Thank you for your continuing support and we hope to see you at the tournament!

Registration Form

Sponsor Form

EPA's New Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy | TeleBriefing

The EPA recently released its final policy on consultation and coordination with Indian tribes. The policy establishes a new, broader standard for the types of actions that may be appropriate for consultation -- such as developing standards, guidance, policies, permitting decisions, and activities under international agreements -- and makes clear the two-way nature of government-to-government consultation by inviting tribes to request issues for consultation. The policy also establishes a management, oversight and reporting structure that will help ensure accountability and transparency.

In this one-hour TeleBriefing, our distinguished panel of legal and regulatory experts will address the practical implications of the new policy.

Topics will include:
* The relationship of the Consultation Policy to Executive Order 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments and EPA's 1984 Indian Policy
* EPA actions and decisions covered by the consultation policy
* How the consultation process will work
* Implementing the new policy for national issues as well as regional or site specific issues
* Key distinctions between Consultation and Coordination
* EPA's new Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System

Register now and call in from anywhere!

Our Distinguished Panel:
Richard Du Bey, Moderator, chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Section and chair of the Tribal Practice Group at Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC
Jane Neumann, Tribal Coordinator with EPA's Region 5 Superfund Division
Andrew Baca, Tribal Program Coordinator at the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Register here or call us at (800) 854-8009

$125 to dial in; $175 to dial in and receive continuing education credit; $50 for each additional person on the same line who wishes to receive credit

Intended Audience
Attorneys, tribal representatives, business executives, and governmental officials.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Job Postings - UNM School of Law

Please see links below for more details:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joe Sarcinella - Talk Radio

Joe Sarcinella (2009) interview. Thanks for plugging the ILP at the 9 minute mark!

Dallin Maybe Wins Best of Show

Dallin Maybee (2011) won best of show for Native American Clothing for the children’s outfit he created for his one year old daughter. Congrats Dallin!

See details at link below:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tsosie invited to Colorado Workshop on Law, Religion & Culture

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, was an invited participant at the University of Colorado Law School’s summer Workshop on Law, Religion, and Culture, on July 21-22.

More details at link below:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Congrats to Charlie Galbraith (2006)! Top 40 under 40!

NCAIED Announces 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 - including Charles Galbraith(Navajo)
Deputy Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement
Office of President Barak Obama
Washington DC

See link below for the article:

Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty - Environmental/Indian Law Position

Best place to live and teach in the U.S.: The University of Montana School of Law, the only law school in the State, anticipates hiring a full-time, tenure-track professor beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year to teach Environmental/Natural Resources and Indian law courses.

For more details on how to apply please see the link below:

Monday, August 15, 2011

In the News - Prof. Robert Clinton

Turtle Talk - Supreme Court Citations to Indian Law Scholarship

Article link provided below:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

California Golf Tournament put on by ILP Alum, Marlene Rae Jones

ILP Alumni, Marlene Rae Jones, is actively involved in putting on a scholarship golf tournament; The Ray Jones Scholarship Fund 2011 Golf Tournament will be held on October 14-16, 2011 at the beautiful Eagle Springs Golf & CC located in Friant, California just north of Fresno. Please follow the links to access the Welcome Letter, Golf Tournament Flyer and Contributor/Entry Form. Please note the entry deadline is October 7, 2011.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

NABA-AZ News & Announcements

See the link below for the latest NABA-AZ News & Announcements:

Job Posting - Ho-Chunk Nation Law Clerk/ Staff Attorney

Law Clerk/Staff Attorney
Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court (Black River Falls, WI)
Position Type:
Judicial Clerkship
Practice Area(s):
Indian/Native American
Geographic Preference(s):
Midwest (KY, WV, OH, IN, MI, IL, MO, IA, MN, WI)
The position starts October 24, 2011, and ends July 31, 2013. Applicants must be licensed to practice in any State, awaiting the results of the July 2011 Bar exam or registered for the February 2012 Bar exam. A full job description is available on the HCN Judiciary's web page at
Desired Class Level:
JD Alum
Posting Date:
August 2, 2011
Expiration Date:
August 31, 2011
Zachary H. Atherton-Ely
Law Clerk/Staff Attorney
W9598 Highway 54 East Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615 United States
Resume Receipt:
Other (see below)
How to Apply:
Please send application materials to:
Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court
Attn: Hon. Amanda L. Rockman
Additional Documents:
Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, Other Documents
Requested Document Notes:
Please include a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, writing sample and list of references with contact information.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Tribal Court Training Program

The American Indian Law Center is working in collaboration with the University of New Mexico's Institute of Public Law and Southwest Indian Law Clinic to present the Tribal Court Training Program. The Tribal Court Training Program is a series of sessions specifically for Tribal Court Judges, Tribal Court Prosecutors, and Tribal Court Administrators/Clerks. The Registration form and Save the Date flyer for the Tribal Court Training Program is available at:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Job Posting - Deputy Prosecutor SRPMIC

Job Opportunity: Deputy Prosecutor SRPMIC

Description: Under general supervision of the Prosecutor, represents the Community in adult criminal matters and juvenile proceedings involving allegations of child dependency, incorrigibility, and juvenile offenses. This position is treated as an FLSA exempt position.

Closing Date/Time:Thu. 08/18/11 11:59 PM Arizona Time

Full Posting at:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Job Posting - New Mexico Legal Aid

New Mexico Legal Aid

Staff Attorney-Santa Fe Office NMLA has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Santa Fe Law Office. NMLA represents low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer and Native American issues. Expectation is thatattorney will be active in local bar and community activities. NMLA seeks attorney to provide representation in domestic relations proceedings (with a focus in domestic violence),low income housing proceedings, tribal court matters, and other poverty law proceedings to low income persons. Work requires handling general poverty law cases, utilizing a computerized case management system, participating in community education and outreach to domestic violence victims and providers, to those in need of housing and other benefits,and participating in recruitment of pro bono attorneys. The position also includes work with Pueblo people on cases and matters involving Federal Indian and Tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in the northern Pueblo Courts. A percentage of the attorney’s time will be devoted to NMLA’s Native American Program issues.

Requirements:Candidates must possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies,ability to manage a caseload, and the ability to build collaborative relationships within the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Reliable transportation required. New Mexico bar license is preferred.

Send letter of intent, resume, and two references to:

Gloria Molinar,
New Mexico Legal Aid, PO Box 25486, NM
87125-5486, or email
Salary: DOE; NMLA is an EEO/AA employer.

Deadline: July 30, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ASU NALSA Golf Tournament

Dear Friends – Please Save the Date for a fun golf event that supports the ASU Native American Law Students Association

Job Posting - Rosette & Associates Transaction Attorney

Rosette & Associates, PC, is seeking a transaction attorney with at least five (5) or more years experience negotiating, drafting and closing complex financial business transactions. The firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental agencies.

Job details posted at link below:

Job Posting - Rosette & Associates Litigation Attorney

Rosette & Associates, PC, is seeking a litigation attorney with at least seven (7) or more years experience handling complex litigation in tribal, state and/or federal courts. The firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental agencies.

Job details posted at link below:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Attorney - Request for Proposal

Arizona Indian Gaming Association
Request for Proposal
Professional Services – Association Attorney
July 2011
Presented by:
Valerie Spicer
Acting Executive Director


The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (“AIGA” or “Association”) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization with a membership of 18 tribes.
AIGA was established on November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders. The Association’s mission is to advance the lives of Indian people – economically, socially, and politically – so Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goals of tribal sovereignty, self-reliance, and self-determination by supporting tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands. Speaking on behalf of its member tribes with one, unified voice; AIGA serves as an information clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development. The Association is deeply committed to maintaining and protecting Indian sovereign governmental authority.
AIGA is seeking an attorney or firm to represent the Association’s interests. In order to prevent any conflict of interests, the respondent may not currently or during the term of this engagement represent an Arizona tribe for any specific reason. We invite interested law firms and individuals with a minimum of five (5) years of federal Indian and gaming law experience, to include at least the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, to submit a written proposal.
As the AIGA attorney, the selected law firm or individual will be expected to provide a wide range of legal services to the Association. The attorney will be selected by the AIGA Executive Committee and will work closely with the AIGA Executive Director, the Executive Committee and other staff. The AIGA attorney’s primary role is to provide expert legal advice to the AIGA Tribal Leaders, Executive Committee and Executive Director. The selected attorney shall perform the tasks specified in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Firms and individuals are hereby invited to submit a proposal based upon the requirements and conditions set forth in the RFP.

Mailing Instructions

Arizona Indian Gaming Association
Valerie Spicer
Acting Executive Director, AIGA
2214 N Central Avenue Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Questions regarding this RFP should be submitted to Valerie Spicer @ or by calling 602-307-1992.

Submittal Date
Eight (8) copies are due Valerie Spicer no later than August 8, 2011
Proposals should provide a straightforward and concise presentation adequate to satisfy the requirements of the RFP. Emphasis should be on completeness and clarity of the proposal.

Responsiveness to the RFP will be a principal basis for evaluation. AIGA reserves the right, without qualification, to:
• Select any proposal based on written or oral communication with any or all of the firms or individuals when such action is considered to be in the best interest of AIGA.
• Reject all proposals.
• Exercise discretion and apply its judgment with respect to any proposals submitted.

All proposals will be deemed confidential and will be retained by AIGA.

Proposal Content

Experience and Qualifications

1. Please describe the nature of your law firm’s practice and your qualifications for providing legal services for AIGA. Please provide the professional experience of the individual who will be designated to serve as the primary attorney, as well as for others who you anticipate will be involved in providing legal services to AIGA.

2. Please provide the overall capabilities, qualifications, training and areas of expertise for each of the principals, partners and associates of the law firm, including the length of employment for each person and his/her area of specialization for those involved in the assignment.

3. For the person whom you propose to designate as the primary attorney, and for each person or firm you propose to designate as a deputy, supporting counsel for special services or backup, please provide the following:

a) Legal training and years of practice (including date of admission to the Arizona Bar)
b) Years of Indian law practice (general law and/or gaming law) as a full-time tribal attorney and/or in a private law office specializing in the representation of tribes.
c) Knowledge of, and experience with, federal Indian and tribal gaming law or other gaming sector experience or policy, including gaming compact negotiations and election initiative support.
d) Types of clientele represented and years representing each.
e) Experience in the area of contracts.
f) If the firm/individual, or any of the attorneys employed by the firm, have ever or currently, represent any clients adverse to Indian tribes, tribal casinos, or other tribal interests. If so, please provide the client(s) and matters of representation.
g) Affirmation that the firm/individual, or any of the attorneys employed by the firm, does not currently , and during the term of this engagement will not, represent an Arizona tribe for any reason.
h) If the firm/individual, or any of the attorneys employed by the firm, have ever
been sued by cities or other clients for malpractice, been the subject of complaints filed with the State Bar, or had discipline imposed by the State Bar, please provide information on the nature of the incident, the dates of the matter began and was concluded, and the results of the situation.

Requirements and Compensation

1) Must be a member in good standing of the Arizona Bar. The AIGA attorney will be required to attend AIGA attorney work group meetings and AIGA Tribal Leaders meetings. AIGA prefers that the time needed for these meetings, including travel be included in any retainer fee arrangement proposed. There is at least one (1) of each meeting per month.
2) Related duties will include: rendering of legal advice and opinions concerning legal matters that affect AIGA; such as legal work pertaining to special circumstances including but not limited to federal laws and rules governing Indian gaming, legal analysis and interpretation of the Arizona-Tribal gaming compact and its appendices, election initiative support, and contracting services.

3) The monitoring of pending and current state and federal legislation and court decisions as appropriate. Please define what type of work you would consider to be extra or specialized work which would be billed in addition to basic services.

Evaluation and Selection Process

All proposals must be received by Valerie Spicer by August 8, 2011.

Proposals will be screened, and the top candidates will be selected by Valerie Spicer and the Executive Committee. The top candidates will be subsequently submitted to AIGA Tribal Leaders.

Qualifications for top candidates will be verified and references will be checked by Valerie Spicer.

In reviewing the proposals, AIGA will carefully weigh:

a. Depth and breadth of experience and expertise in the practice of federal and Arizona gaming law, most specifically in those areas most often encountered by the Association.
b. Capability to perform legal services promptly and in a manner that permits the AIGA Board and staff to meet established deadlines and to operate in an effective and efficient manner;
c. Degree of availability for quick response to inquiries that arise out of day- to- day operating questions or problems;
d. Degree to which firm and individual attorneys stay current through continued professional development and active communication with practitioners in the tribal gaming law field;
e. Communication skills;
f. Cost of services; and
g. Other qualifications/criteria as deemed appropriate by the AIGA Executive Committee.

AIGA will conduct interviews of top candidates and make the final selection.
The Executive Committee will negotiate the final contract.
The Executive Committee will formally approve the contract and appoint the next AIGA attorney.
Services to AIGA are anticipated to begin shortly thereafter.

Job Opportunity

Telecommunications Policy Analyst Consultant, Native Public Media (Telecommuting)

Founded in 2004, Native Public Media’s mission promotes healthy, engaged, independent Native communities by strengthening and expanding Native American media capacity and by empowering a strong, proud Native American voice. Native Public Media is housed at the New America Foundation.

Native Public Media (NPM) is seeking an experienced Policy Analyst that specializes in telecommunications policy. Traveling is required for this position. The ideal candidate will have a good working knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission rulemaking process and knowledge of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. Although this is a telecommuting position, it is expected that the Policy Analyst will reside in Washington, DC in order to participate in various proceedings. This is a contract position.


• Formulate policies and proposals that will advance the telecommunications interests of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.
• Work with NPM Director of Operations and staff to establish research priorities;
• Ensure NPM policy is proactive policy development;
• Create analysis and evaluations using qualitative, quantitative, case studies, survey research, model building and statistical analysis to best define problems, define evaluation criteria, identify solutions and/or alternatives, and best policy agenda, among other objectives.
• Prepare High quality Documentation for publication when needed.
• Assist with grant reports as needed.
• Determine which of various alternative policies will most achieve a given set of goals.
• Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
• Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, and/or statistical sources.
• Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
• Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys; report on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
• Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
• Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers.
• Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
• Utilize academic research and other resource materials;
• Prepare reports and other written information for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and funders;
• Coordinate the dissemination of information on relevant research projects to tribal leaders, Indian programs, policymakers, federal and state agencies, partner agencies, funders, NPM NPM staff, and other individuals or entities in a timely manner;
• Adhere to NPM core values, guiding principles, and policy regarding ownership of data, respect for tribal Sovereignty and community-driven research and evaluation activities;
• Assist the Director of Operations in keeping the NPM President informed of policy positions and priorities;
• Other duties as assigned.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

• Advanced educational degree, including J.D., Master’s degree, or other comparable credential (a Ph.D. is preferred, but not required);
• A minimum of three years of experience in working on Indian policy and/or with American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments or communities;
• Experience in conducting research and writing reports on American Indian policy issues;
• Strong writing, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills;
• The ability to take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility, as well as providing leadership and direction while working in a team oriented environment;
• The ability to meet with, solicit cooperation of, and deal effectively with people at various levels and sectors, e.g., tribal representatives, funders, program directors, state and federal officials, consultants, etc.
• Experience with and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; and
• The ability to adjust to changing priorities and growing responsibilities.

Application Process

Email a resume including three references, and a writing sample (no more than two pages) to:
Please state “Telecommunications Policy Analyst Consultant” in the email subject line. The position is open until filled. The New America Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Heard Museum Event

Experience the Magic of Dolls at the Heard Museum
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9, as the new exhibit More Than Child's Play: American Indian Dolls makes its Phoenix debut! Best of all, the exhibit features some new dolls, including one by acclaimed artist Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca). The 80-plus dolls, mostly drawn from the Heard Museum's collection, represents areas from the Arctic to northern Mexico, and which range from the 19th century to the present.

Job - Havasupai General Counsel

The Havasupai Tribe is looking for an individual or firm with significant experience and background in federal and tribal Indian law to serve as general counsel, excluding the Tribe's pursuit of its water rights, and the represent the Tribal Council, and Tribal committees or boards, and any department of the Havasupai Tribal Government in any legal matters.

More details can be found in the link below:

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Havasupai Tribe Request for Proposals

See the link below for the Request for Proposals.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tohono O'Odham Nation: Request for Proposal

The Tohono O'Odham Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance Commission is seeking an attorney to provide an assessment of existing labor relations, as well as Indian Preference in Employment, Contracting, and Intergovernmental relationships for the Employment Rights Ordinance 01-85 and provide recommendations.

July 8th deadline. Please see link below for further details:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rodina Cave - New Job

Rodina Cave (’01) recently joined the Sutin Thayer & Brown law firm in Albuquerque, NM. Rodina has extensive experience in the areas of Indian Law and complex litigation. She has represented Indian tribes and tribal entities in administrative and regulatory proceedings, in environmental matters, on tribal governance issues and on economic development projects. Rodina currently chairs the Indian Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law.Congratulations!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Job Posting - Kalispel Judge

Presiding Judge
Job Req # 2414
Opened Date: 06/16/2011
Positions Available: 1 FT
Shifts: Days
Starting Pay: $DOE
Location: Usk
This position is 32 hours per week but is benefitted as full time.

Summary of Functions

The Presiding Judge serves as the head of the Tribal Court, overseeing court operations and the disposition of cases. The Presiding Judge ensures the impartial administration of justice and discharges duties in accordance with the Kalispel Tribal Constitution, laws, codes, ordinances and regulations. The Judge Chairs internal judges’ meetings and serves as liaison to the Kalispel Business Committee (KBC) on judicial concerns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Fairly and impartially hears and decides judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Kalispel Tribal Court (Court), pursuant to the Kalispel Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes and the policies and procedures of the Court.
• Supervises and oversees Court operations, including the assignment of cases to traditional or associate judges, case management and the timeliness of decisions.
• Hears and renders decisions for all types of cases filed in the Court, including but not limited to, criminal, traffic, civil, juvenile and child welfare cases.
• Reviews case files and pleadings; presides at pre-conferences, hearings and trials; conducts legal research and writes decisions; issues search and seizure warrants, arrest warrants and court orders, including orders of protection.
• Works with the Court Administrator to set the Court docket, to develop and manage the Court operating budget, and to develop Court programs and grants.
• Ensures the availability of judges by phone, 24 hours per day / 365 days per year, to hear requests for extradition, emergency child placements, search and bench warrants and other orders of an immediate nature.
• Applies fair concepts and procedures of justice, including working closely with the Chief (traditional) Judge, Associate Judge(s) or Judge Pro Tem(s) to incorporate the principles of Kalispel Tribal traditions and culture.
• Works collaboratively on the development of alternate dispositions for juvenile cases, with the development of alternative dispute resolution procedures and the development of Kalispel Tribal common law.
• Works collaboratively on the development of rules of evidence, bench book, and civil and criminal procedures.
• Works with the Tribal Legal Department and the Chief of Public Safety to ensure the establishment of contracts for jail and detention facilities, the establishment of full faith and credit agreements with state and tribal courts, the development of SORNA related procedures and other necessary development for implementation of other codes.
• Ensures the maintenance of a court record system and oversees maintenance of the Court library.
• Keeps current on laws and issues that impact the Court, to include continuing legal and judicial education, and makes recommendations to the Kalispel Business Committee for amendments or adoption of laws (codes) to improve tribal jurisprudence.
• Serves as an advocate and educator for the Kalispel Tribal Court System within the Tribe as well as locally, regionally and nationally.
• As appropriate, professionally represents the Tribe in negotiation or mediation sessions, public and private meetings, and at consultations or conferences.
• Participates in local, regional and national professional associations.
• Additional duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The incumbent directly supervises the Court Administrator (may also supervise other Court staff) in accordance with the Tribe’s policies, procedures and applicable law. Other responsibilities included are interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:
• A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school is required. (WA Bar license is required)
• A minimum of ten years experience as a practicing attorney and a minimum of five years of judicial experience or a combination thereof is required. Direct experience as a judge is required.
• Experience as a tribal judge and/or practice in the field of Indian Law with knowledge of sovereignty issues, is required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Tribal, Federal, and State laws, of the Tribal Court legal process and working knowledge of tribal codes, traditions and customs is required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of legal practices and standards, and court procedures.
• Experience that demonstrates the ability to make judgments in an independent, responsible and impartial manner is required.
• Must be fully conversant in the complexities of criminal and civil law in general; and in the complexities of both statutory and case law of federal Indian law in particular.
• Must possess strong management, supervisory and administrative skills.
• Must possess excellent decision-making capabilities and dispute resolution skills, including the ability to deal well with emotionally charged and/or adversarial situations.
• Requires excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to interpret and provide verbal and written instructions to subordinates and to communicate effectively with court professionals, persons appearing before the court, peers and the general public.
• Must have professional level writing skills including the ability to draft clear and concise opinions, court orders, policies, procedures, reports and similar documents.
• A working knowledge of Microsoft office suite and internet software and ability to utilize same to produce decisions, reports and other correspondence is required.
• Must have the ability to professionally represent the Tribe when attending Court related meetings, or at consultations and conferences.
• Must possess a good understanding of the needs and vision of the Kalispel Tribe and be able to tactfully handle culturally sensitive issues.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Tribal officials, Tribal Members, staff, industry professionals and the general public.
• Must qualify for a Tribal Work Permit by passing drug screening and background checks.

Certificates, Licenses, Other Requirements
• Must be licensed in the state of Washington to practice law and must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association.
• Valid WA or ID Driver’s License and insurability under the Tribe’s auto policy.
• May not have convictions of a felony or of misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

Work Environment
• This position is performed primarily in an office environment. Significant portions of the job require extended sedentary periods; regular work with computers and repetitive motion of hands and wrists.
• This position requires the ability to bend, stoop, lift, carry, and move items weighting up to 30 pounds and requires occasional standing or walking.

• This position requires regular local and occasional out of town travel.

• This position occasionally requires work to be performed outside general business hours, including evening or weekend sessions, meetings/travel.

Jessica Lee-Domebo, Staff Attorney
Kalispel North Legal Office
P.O. Box 39
Usk, WA 99180
(509) 789-7602 (direct)
(509) 481-1725 (cell)

Job Posting - Udall Scholarship & Excellence in Nat'l Environ Fdtn

Udall Scholarship & Excellence in Nat'l Environ Fdtn

Job Title: Program Associate/Senior Program

Please see link posted below for more information.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Job Posting - Associate Judge Yavapai-Apache Nation

Yavapai-Apache Nation (Camp Verde, AZ)

Position Type:


Practice Area(s):

Criminal, Family, Government, Indian/Native American

Geographic Preference(s):

Southwest (AZ, NM)


• Issuing warrants of arrest, bench warrants, search warrants, subpoenas, temporary restraining orders, and orders of protection, commitments and other legal documents
• Presiding over hearings in all cases: civil, criminal, domestic relations (divorce), adoption, ICWA, landlord tenant, real estate, probate and specialty court and other matters arising under the Yavapai-Apache Law & Order Code.
• Drafting timely written opinions, orders and other court directives.
• Performing timely case management, on hearings, motions, rulings, setting of cases.
• Maintaining accurate and complete court records.
• Assisting court clerks to maintain updated records and files on cases.

Desired Class Level:

LLM, JD Alum, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, Bar Passage, Pending Bar Passage

Posting Date:

June 15, 2011

Expiration Date:

July 1, 2011


Ms Laura Jones

Human Resources Director

2400 W Datsi Street Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 United States

Resume Receipt:

Other (see below)

How to Apply:

Submit Employment Application, Resume and Cover Letter to Yavapai-Apache Nation Human Resources 2400 W. Datsi Camp Verde, AZ 86322

• High School Diploma or GED plus six (6) years experience as Judicial Officer, Lawyer or Tribal Advocate; or Paralegal or Tribal Trial Advocacy Certificate plus four (4) years experience as Judicial Officer, Lawyer or Tribal Advocate; or Law School Degree plus two (2) years experience as Judicial Officer, Lawyer or Tribal Advocate. (Law School Degree highly preferred).
• Minimum of one (1) year full-time judicial experience in courts of limited jurisdiction required (Tribal Court preferred).
• Posses a high level of competence, ability to carry out legal thinking reconciling the principles and the particular circumstances of the person and the issues.

Additional Documents:

Cover Letter